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Mire Of Despondancy Interview

mardi 20 octobre 2015 à 18:30
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. I think the most important thing for people to know, is that not everyone will like it. Even though the emotion is real, the sound won't please everyone, and I think that's a vital thought to keep in mind for someone first listening to it, who may be putting his/her expectations too high.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented  on the recording?
2. Personally, I tried to keep the sound from sounding constant. I want my music to be more diverse, not just having one emotion the whole time. That is kind of why I chose to incorporate different aspects of black metal into one.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
3. Sort of a continuation off of my last answer, my lyrical themes differ. It ranges from feeling melancholia, to a deep longing for the atmosphere of nature.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mire Of Despondancy'?
4. Well, when I first started thinking about names, I was thinking about not only a place, but an emotion that I felt at the time. For those who don't know, a mire is basically a very marshy/swampy area of land. My emotions were making me feel like I was totally despondent and sinking into a mire and I couldn't escape.

5.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?
5. Yes, actually, I am very open. I am currently working on a split with Ultra Suicide, and it should be released soon. However, I only like to work with someone who is making an effort, and who is dedicated.

6.What part of the U.S is the musical project located at?
6. It's located in Pennsylvania.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
7. Well, I got into contact with a label who only was going to give me one third of the copies they were making. Personally, I'd rather stay solo if it means not letting someone else make more off of my own music than me.

8.Is there any meaning behind the name 'Nokturnus Megrothas"?
8. Nokturnus was derived nocturnal, because I really love the night, especially the sky. Megrothas was actually derived from my first name, Megan. That was only really because I still wanted part of myself in this name.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
9. It's good as far as I'm concerned, I mean it was better than I ever expected. Although, I don't make music for feedback or for fans.

10.Are you also involved with any other musical projects?
10. No, I am not.

11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
11. I'm not really sure, to be honest. Though fame and success isn't a goal of mine with this project. It'll take me wherever it takes me, I can only wait and see.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
12. As far as my ambient/atmospheric sound goes, my influences would be Thy Light, Coldworld, and Basarabian Hills. Other influences come from Asbel, Immortal (as far as lyrics), and Forgotten Tomb, etc. Basically every black metal band I listen to, has influenced me in some way because of my adoration for them. And as far as what I'm listening to these days, it's hard to name all of the music. Today it's been Falkenbach, Make a Change...Kill Yourself, Acid Witch, and Graveland.

13.Before we wrap up this interview do you have any final words or thoughts?
13. I'd just like to say thank you, sincerely, to everyone who has been supporting me. I didn't start this project to get fans, likes, or 'fame'. I started this to release my stress and negativity, but people liked it so it kind of inspired me to continue. The emotion is still all there, but the inspiration keeps coming and I'm so gratuitous for that, so thank you everyone.

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Alien Syndrome 777/Outer/Avantgarde Music/2015 CD Review

mardi 20 octobre 2015 à 07:44

  Alien  Syndrome  777  are  a  band  with  members  from  Italy,  Spain  and  France  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Outer"  which  was  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  Thunder  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  ambient  and  electronic  music  and  a  few  seconds  later  spoken  word  samples  can  be  heard  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  being  heavily  influenced  by  the  Norwegian  bands.

  Avant  garde  sounds  mix  in  with  the  heavier parts  throughout  the  recording  and  the  vocals are  very  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  death metal  growls  and  the  riffing  can  be  very  progressive  and  technical  at  times  along  with  the songs  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

   You  can  also  hear  a  heavy  dose  of  industrial  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  to  them  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  and  melodic  guitar  leads  and  solos  while  some  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  has  more  of  a  raw  and  grim  atmosphere  than  most  avant  garde  bands  and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars.

  Alien  Syndrome  777  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is in  the  avant  garde direction  but  with  more  heaviness  and  aggression  than  most  bands  of  this  style  while  also mixing  in  the  early  to  late  2000's  sound  into  the  music,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Sci  Fi  and  Extraterrestrial  Life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Alien  Syndrome  777  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Bleeding  Anthill  Of  The  Universe"  and  "To Balance  And  Last".  8  out  of  10.  

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Havukruunu Interview

dimanche 18 octobre 2015 à 00:17
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Havukruunu is a finnish duo, evoking images of pagan past.

2.So far you have released 2 demo's, an ep, single and a full length, how would you describe your musical sound in the beginning and what it has progresses into on the new recording?

Of the released demos (we've done some demos and an EP of sorts before 2013 also, but those really don't count...) on the first demo, we had a really great "outdoor"-sound, but the playing was sloppy and ideas were executed halfway. The progress has been really in the field of  the focus and thought that goes into the music. We spend a lot of time listening on really raw demo versions of the songs, and just think it through. Obviously the musicianship has evolved to a higher level, and with each release, the amount of the HEAVY METAL riffs and passages has increased. "Havulinnaan" is a kind of "best of" of what we wish to do now.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

This kind of lyrical style allows a lot to be explored really. We write about the woe and void of this mortal life, existential thoughts expressed through pagan and nature metaphors. Feelings of loss and disappointment from knowing the history of mankind, and witnessing the horror we cast upon ourselves and the earth. We also write much of the inherent fear of darkness we all have, the fear of the mystical, eerie night and what's left unseen.

4.I know that the bands name means "coniferous  crown"  in  Finnish, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

It fits perfectly, as the influence of northern woodlands and dark wintry nights on our work is huge. Havukruunu is the sign of the imaginative people who venture the twilight and long to witness the secrets of the nightside.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

This has been, and will be a subject to change occasionally, with people around me coming and going, Humö now being the longest standing member besides me. But that does not undermine the talent of the people i work with. Personal situations change, and people need to prioritize other things in their life. Playing live is too an option, and we most certainly will always bring forth the people who will make it happen. But we will see how that goes, if that ever becomes reality.

6.You have had a busy year so far with a single, ep and a full length all being released in the past few months, does the band put a great amount of time and effort into writing, creating and composing new music?

It is a constant process, as ive demo'ed stuff for ten years now and for releases we just pick those that share the same athmospheres and themes. All music is created with great passion and focus. With all releases we double our efforts to make it sound as good as possible.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and pagan metal?

Surprising, for me at least. And seems like when the people who like this kind of music find something they like, they commit to it. To actually get feedback from doing more music in an inflated scene like this, fills me with an utmost respect for those supporting Havukruunu.

8.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Hard to say really, but it seems we are slowly heading stylistically towards more heavy metal kind of stuff. But it's not like we can not ever return (or regress if you will) back to this black metal-ish stuff, or do things even more grim and bleak. Needless to say, though, that whatever happens in musical directions, the athmosphere stays the same. It's like expressing yourself with different languages. The core message is the same.

9.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Havukruunu is influenced by classic heavy metal, and obviously black metal. Bathory, Judas Priest, Mercyful Fate, Manowar and Dark Throne and you cannot go wrong. I've been listening a lot to 70's progressive and psychedelic rock lately. Seems it has been a trendy thing lately to do things in this psychedelic occult-rock style, but i've noticed that people get the image and the vintage visual look right with the actual music lacking.

10.How would you describe your views on Paganism?

Somewhat innocent, we don't actually study the subject that much really. For a large part it comes from the inside, how do you view life and existence? What is the relationship between self and nature?
Of course we know history and myths, but in this context, it's not about name-dropping gods.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

We have jobs, and besides that we are fully occupied in music. In Havukruunu and other projects.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thank you for your interest. Check out "Havulinnaan" through Naturmacht productions.

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Hornwood Fell/Yheri/Avantgarde Music/2015 CD Review

samedi 17 octobre 2015 à 06:06

  Hornwood  Fell  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  nature  orientated  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2015  album  "Yheri"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  Experimental  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  old  school  black  metal  direction t hat  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  clean  playing  along  with  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and some  of  the  tracks  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  when  they  are  utilized  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  there  are  also  a  good  amount  of  atmospheric  elements  present  throughout  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  touch  of  psychedelia  can  be  heard  and  they  also  bring  in  an  acoustic  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a  heavier  track.

  Hornwood  Fell  expand  on  the  90's  Norwegian  influenced  style  of  black  metal  from  the  previous  recording  and  also  gets  more  atmospheric  and  progressive  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hornwood  Fell  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Walking  In  the  Woods"  "The  Snowstorm"  and  "Them".  8  out  of  10.

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Regarde Les Hommes Tomber Interview

vendredi 16 octobre 2015 à 18:18
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
We recorded "Exile" on march, and all the spring/summer has been dedicated to rehearsals and work for booking. We made the choice not to play live before the official release (September 19th), considering that it was important not to go fast... This "calm before the storm" politic was logical for us and gave us time to build a good show, to be perfectly prepared to hit the stage.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
 "Exile" has been built following a collegial process, whereas the first album was composed by only one person, our guitarist J.J.S. The main idea here was to give birth to something heavy, panoramic, both oppresive and epic. Some kind of fresco, to picture perfectly the themes we deal with. In that way, we worked hard to mix the ideas of each member during the writting sessions. Concerning the studio, the recording process was very fluid and natural, a real pleasure. "Exile" has been recorded, produced and mastered by Francis Caste (Studio Sainte Marthe, Paris), and he simply did a fucking great job. The texture is denser than our first release, more extreme, with a massive sound... exactly what we expected.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The concept of the band focuses on a main point : The fall of the men, who are rejected and tortured by God despite of their devotion and their love for the divine. This new album pictures both this fall and the birth of a consciousness that leads men to reject the Lord and all the principles of adoration during the exile... to finally become their own gods and "sit on this throne". All the lyrics evoke biblical mythology (Abel, Caïn, Lilith, the city of Sodom, etc...). Without any ideological message, I shall precise : We only deal with these themes on an artistic way. Those symbols are intense and highlight the concepts we want to show in our music, that's why we use them. The artwork of Exile is a good example : a city destroyed by the flames, a crowd condamned to exile... The song "...To Take Us" is about it : the cry of Sodom and the divine punishment inflicted on the sinful men. That myth is fascinating, although it's not the only biblical one we deal with in "Exile", that was obvious to paint it for the cover art... simply because this theme sum up our main concept, evoking something visually strong and darkly desperate.

4.I know that the band name comes from a 1994 movie by Jaques Audiard, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this film?
This name just sum up our all concepts in a powerful way. That's why we chose it, there’s not a direct link with Audiard.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Roadburn, Hellfest, Motocultor... We are very proud of this background. On stage we use our own light system to instaure a particular atmosphere. Also lot of fog, of course. We want to show something unique, a kind of mass, of immersion. We don't speak on stage, the music does for us.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Eleven gigs are planned in France from september to december (Paris, Nantes, Lille, Cannes, Bordeaux, Rennes, etc...), and one in Switzerland. We hope that we'll get some new opportunities for 2016. We would be delighted to give shows in the rest of Europe, our booker Kongfuzi works on it.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of post black metal and sludge?
We get great reviews from foreign webzines, but concerning the "real" people, actualy... we don't really know. We know get fans in other countries but it's hard to know if they are numerous or not. Our releases receive a great welcoming in France, but for the rest of the world, it's hard to say... thus we would be delighted to play in other places to be aware of it.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Playing in Regarde Les Hommes Tomber is not so different than being in our others bands... despite of the fact that we give more shows than with our side-projects ! Nantes (the town we live in) has ever had an active scene... that's a chance to have a thriving underground activity in our city, a kind of pride. We all come from this subterranean scene.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
 We don't have "plans". We try to walk on our own path, keeping our identity without thinking about the trends... A third chapter will release one day, but in this moment we don't give priority to composition. We just wanna play live.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Regarde Les Hommes Tomber is composed of friends with different tastes, which is, I think, a true force. Some of us enjoy Black Metal, others are great fans of Sludge and Post Metal... Actualy we don't consider that a musician shall listen only one genre, that's why our music is a mixture of various influences. We trust the power of this diversity to build our sound. We don't have "direct" influences, but listening us can evoke bands like Drudkh, Amenra, Wolves In The Throne Room, etc... once again, we build our music whithout thinking of a model, we just look for the best way to deal with our concepts. And the fact that our country is full of good similar-style bands is a cool thing: we admire the work of Céleste, Deathspell Omega, The Great Old Ones, etc ... each one gets something special and unique. They are great musicians.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
... I'm affraid we don't get time to have others interests than music, really ! This is our main passion, the rest doesn't really count.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We are truly excited to expose this new material on stage after all these months of composition/rehearsals/recording. We eagerly await to hit the road, play and meet people. Thank you for this interview, à très bientôt.

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